Benoit Pimont is a French composer who settled his studio in the Paris area.
As a youngster, Benoit got fascinated by music and musical instruments, the genre did not matter, the discovery of sound and how to fashion it became Benoit's passion.
As a student, Benoit spent his spare time playing with a jazz quintet, composing, arranging, and performing. He then moved to Paris and played the local clubs. It was fun and was how Benoit started.
The trigger bringing him to the next level was when singer Tom Novembre hired him to be his keyboard player in 1986. Since, Benoit never looked back and became a professional musician in multiple disciplines, one of which is the composition of music for media which has become is main occupation.
When working on an original score, Benoit wants to meet with the Director and Editor to understand their vision and absorb the emotional value of the story. He does not necessarily need to see rough cuts; a nice conversation is enough to get Benoit started.
Then, the flow of inspiration cascade from the information Benoit collected.
Sketches are composed, some are discarded others are edited then Benoit assemble the sketches to create the artistic line of the soundtrack.
The main challenge for Benoit is to translate the emotions from his mind to the score. It is a challenge Benoit enjoys taking, he always comes on top.
Benoit sources his influences in many places and with many artists. One that is printed in his mind is the experimental film "Koyaanisqatsi" produced and directed in 1982 by Godfrey Reggio. No dialogues, no narration, 80 minutes of fascinating images in slow motion and time-lapses with a soundtrack scored by contemporary composer Philip Glass. It is for Benoit, the perfect adequacy between images and music.
Benoit has scored many projects in many formats.
One he is particularly proud of is the music he composed for the French feature: "Gregoire Moulin vs. Humanity" in 2001. A satirical comedy depicting the life of a 35-year-old loner, born on Friday the 13th, living with his grandmother in the French countryside who decides to come to Paris. On this specific score, Benoit had the opportunity to work with an orchestra. Benoit composes jazz but also writes songs. Benoit does not dwell on the past; his proudest work is the one ahead.
We know Philip Glass is a reference Benoit leans on, but his inspiration is wide ranging, from Herbie Hancock to Sergei Prokofiev via Pink Floyd, the jazz-funk band Weather Report, Erik Satie and the Beatles.
While Benoit will compose in all moods and genres, there are what he calls specific colors he is very comfortable exploring, harmonies which trigger instant emotions, mid-tempo, peaceful. If you need an epic thriller, he has no problem composing it as well.
His working set-up is composed of an iMac with Digital Performer and Pro Tools, a Motu Digital Interface. He also uses a PC as a sampling machine, Neuman mics and many other peripherals.
Benoit is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing on his collection of guitars, an acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes, reeds, and horns.
His dream set-up would be to have his studio in a large comfortable room with view on the ocean!
Benoit mixes his own music and delivers it in which ever format requested, mostly stereo and stems. He can provide 5.1 but rarely requested.
Benoit has recorded music the old fashion way, playing piano, guitar, trumpet, or percussion. The multimedia technology is now allowing composers such as Benoit to reduce the time and space necessary for recording. Computers have made Benoit more independent, expanding the horizon of his imagination.
Longtime friend of Music Partner CEO Philippe Falliex, Benoit joined the Music Partner team of composers because of the enthusiasm, determination, and musical culture of the company and also because of the innovative business model.
You may listen to samples of Benoit Pimont's music at the following link.